2011 - Press Release Archives

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $191 Million for Common Missile Compartment Work

GROTON, Conn. (December 22, 2011) - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $191.3 million contract modification to continue concept studies, engineering and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom's Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The award modifies a contract announced in December 2008 for engineering, technical services, concept studies and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation ballistic missile submarines under development for the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy.

If all options are exercised and funded, the overall contract will have a value of more than $708 million.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Christens Mississippi, the U.S. Navy's Most Advanced Submarine

GROTON, Conn. (December 5, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat christened Mississippi (SSN 782), the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony at its shipyard here on Saturday, Dec. 3. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Allison Stiller, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship acquisition, was the ship's sponsor. The event's principal speaker was Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Capt. John McGrath, a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the ship's commanding officer.

The Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class. Among the most effective platforms in the U.S. Navy portfolio, these submarines are unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space based assets. Mississippi and the other Virginia class submarines are equipped to wage multidimensional warfare around the globe, providing the U.S. Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean.

"I'm pleased to report that we have significantly exceeded every commitment we made eight years ago when we signed the contract to produce this ship," said Electric Boat President John P. Casey. "In fact, we're on track to deliver Mississippi about a year ahead of schedule and $50 million below contracted cost.

"Our performance has helped persuade Congress to increase the submarine production rate to two per year a goal the Navy and industry have worked more than one and a half decades to attain," Casey said. "We remain completely committed to progressing on our path of continuous improvement."

With its construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding, Electric Boat has contracts to build a total of 18 Virginia class ships; 30 ships are planned altogether.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $57 Million for Submarine Repair and Advanced Technology Development

GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat recently was awarded two U.S. Navy contracts worth $56.7 million to perform submarine modernization and maintenance work and develop advanced technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the first award, worth $41.6 million, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. The company provides a wide range of overhaul, repair and modernization services in support of submarines, floating dry docks, support and service craft and other equipment at the base. About 270 Electric Boat employees will be engaged in the work.

Under the terms of the second $15.1 million award, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. Electric Boat will also conduct research and development in manning, hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety. This contract modification supports near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, identification of Ohio class replacement technology options, future submarine concepts and core technologies. Initially awarded in November 2010, the overall contract has a potential value of $711.4 million over a total of five years if all options are exercised and funded.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Receives $21 Million Contract for Submarine Planning Services

GROTON, Conn. (November 9, 2011) - The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $21.1 million contract to perform reactor plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support yard services for moored training ships. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The contract has a potential value of $121.2 million through 2016 if all options are exercised and funded.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $91 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class Submarine Work

GROTON, Conn. (October 27, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $91.2 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the contract, Electric Boat will develop, maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability periods. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technology to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships.

The contract has a potential value of $881 million through 2014 if all options are exercised and funded.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $90 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies

GROTON, Conn. (October 25, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $89.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will perform research and development work in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. Electric Boat also will conduct research and development work in areas including manning, hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and stowage, and safety. Additionally, the contract supports near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, identification of Ohio-class replacement technology options, future submarine concepts and core technologies.

Initially awarded in November 2010, the contract has a potential value of $711.4 million over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $429 Million for Nuclear-Submarine Support Work

GROTON, Conn. (October 17, 2011) - The U.S. Navy has awarded a $429 million contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of this award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering, material and logistics support, and research and development activities for active U.S. submarines and submersibles. Electric Boat also will provide information services, planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance and modernization activities, training and facility support, and affordability/cost reduction support.

Initially awarded in October 2010, the contract will be worth approximately $1.2 billion over three years if all options are exercised and funded.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $33 Million to Procure Virginia-class Submarine Photonics Masts

GROTON, Conn. (September 16, 1011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $32.9 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to procure three backup photonics masts for Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

In Virginia-class submarines, traditional periscopes have been supplanted by photonics masts - non-hullpenetrating masts that do not extend physically into the control room. Information is digitally recorded by cameras in the mast, transmitted through fiber optics into the ship and processed with on-board image processors. Each photonics mast has an HDTV digital color camera, an infrared camera and a laser rangefinder.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million to Support Submarine Repair Work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

GROTON, Conn. (September 2, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $23 million work order by the U.S. Navy to support submarine repair work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Virginia. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The work order is part of a Basic Ordering Agreement awarded to Electric Boat in September 2010 to support U.S. Navy submarine repair work.

Under this work order, about 880 Electric Boat trades employees will be assigned to maintenance activities on USS Newport News (SSN-750) and USS West Virginia (SSBN-736).

Scheduled for completion by September 2012, the work will engage elements of Electric Boat's operations and support organization in Groton, which comprises more than 4,100 employees with proven skills and capabilities in final assembly, test and life-cycle support.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $33 Million for Common Missile Compartment Development and Submarine Repair Work

GROTON, Conn. (August 22, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has received two U.S. Navy contract modifications with a combined value of $32.9 million to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation strategic deterrent and to support nuclear-submarine repair work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the first modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and test prototype material and equipment to be used in the production of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom's Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the United States' Ohio replacement submarine. The $21 million award modifies a $76 million contract announced in December 2008 for engineering, technical services, concept studies and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation ballistic missile submarines being developed by the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy. If all options are exercised and funded, the overall contract has a potential value of more than $692 million.

Under the second contract modification, valued at $11.9 million, Electric Boat will support submarine repair work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. About 200 Electric Boat trades employees will be assigned to maintenance activities scheduled for USS San Juan (SSN-751), USS Pasadena (SSN-752), USS Miami (SSN-755) and USS Virginia (SSN-774). This work is part of a Basic Ordering Agreement awarded to Electric Boat in September 2010 to support submarine repair work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $41 Million for Submarine Support and Common Missile Compartment Development

GROTON, Conn. (August 2, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat received two U.S. Navy contract modifications with a combined value of $41 million to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine and to support nuclear-submarine maintenance work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the first contract modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and test prototype material and equipment to be used in the production of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom's Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the United States' Ohio replacement submarine. The $16.1 million award modifies a $76 million contract announced in December 2008 for engineering, technical services, concept studies and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation ballistic missile submarines being developed by the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy. The overall contract has a potential value of more than $671 million.

Under the second contract modification, valued at $24.9 million, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at the naval submarine base in Groton, Conn. The company will provide project management, planning, training and radiological-control services to support maintenance, modernization and repairs. A core group of about 25 Electric Boat employees is assigned to the NRMD, with surge groups of up to 100 shipyard employees assigned for short periods. Awarded in 2009, this three-year contract has a total value of $78 million.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $17 Million to Support Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Repair Work

GROTON, Conn. (August 1, 2011) - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $16.6 million contract to support nuclear aircraft carrier repair work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will provide about 100 skilled trades workers to perform maintenance and repair work on USS Truman (CVN-75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). This contract will engage Electric Boat's operations and support organization in Groton, which comprises more than 4,100 employees with proven skills and capabilities in final assembly, test and life-cycle support.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies

GROTON, Conn. (July 5, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $12.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of the modification, General Dynamics Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. General Dynamics will conduct research and development work in additional areas including hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety. The contract also supports near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, identification of Ohio-class replacement technology options, future submarine concepts and core technologies.

Initially awarded in November 2010, the contract has a potential value of $711.4 million over a total of five years if all options are exercised and funded.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $1.2 Billion for Second FY11 Virginia-class Submarine by U.S. Navy

GROTON, Conn. (April 29, 2011) - The U.S. Navy has released $1.2 billion for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program.

The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at Electric Boat and its teammate, Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va.

"Today represents the culmination of an extraordinary effort by the Virginia-class team," said John D. Holmander, Electric Boat's vice president for the Virginia Program. "From the engineers and designers who reduced the cost of the Virginia Class, to the shipbuilders who have delivered the submarines ahead of schedule and under budget, to the vendors who worked with us on cost-containment strategies, and of course the Navy, which has managed the program now recognized as a model for Pentagon procurement, this has truly been a collective effort."

Holmander also credited the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia congressional delegations for their tireless support of the Virginia-class program, resulting in approval for the Navy to double submarine production from one to two submarines per year.

"This milestone is possible only because of the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia delegations' efforts to educate their colleagues on the tremendous contribution of Virginia-class submarines to the United States' national security," Holmander said.

The shipbuilding team's attention remains focused on capturing additional efficiencies wherever possible, Holmander said.

"Reducing the cost of Virginia Class ships to the point where the Navy can afford to acquire two ships per year has demanded an intense process of continuous improvement," Holmander said. "Our task now is to ensure that we demonstrate additional improvement on each ship so taxpayers get the best possible return on the nation's investment in submarines."

The Virginia class is the first U.S. Navy warship designed from the keel up for the full range of mission requirements in the post-Cold War era. Optimized for maximum technological and operational flexibility, these submarines play a key role in the nation's defense with their stealth, firepower and unlimited endurance.

Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Electric Boat last received funds for two submarines in 1991, when the Navy ordered the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), the final Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Completes Pressure Hull For Submarine Mississippi in Record Time

GROTON, Conn. (April 11, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat reached a major construction milestone on the submarine Mississippi (SSN-782), completing work on the pressure hull in less time than any previous ship of its class.

Electric Boat achieved "pressure hull complete" three weeks faster than the previous Virginia-class submarine record. Additionally, work on Mississippi's radar, hatches, sonar dome and piping systems is significantly ahead of the record schedule attained on USS Missouri, the most recent submarine delivered to the U.S. Navy by Electric Boat.

These accomplishments put Mississippi on track to reach two additional Virginia-class records: the highest state of completion when the submarine first enters the water and the shortest time span from construction start to delivery. The Virginia-class submarine program is considered one of the most successful U.S. Department of Defense procurement programs.

"The Groton waterfront team developed an aggressive final hull-erection schedule and executed flawlessly," said Ship's Manager Harold Haugeto. "This three-shift evolution could not have been accomplished without the strong commitment and drive of our talented and experienced work force. I'm very proud of the team.

"I am equally proud of the quality and completeness of the super-modules we received," Haugeto said. "By applying the lessons learned from the previous hulls, we are achieving additional reductions in cost and schedule."

Electric Boat is the prime contractor on the Virginia program, which has delivered seven ships, with 11 more under contract.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $19 Million For USS Alexandria Maintenance and Modernization

GROTON, Conn. (February 16, 2011) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $19 million contract to perform routine maintenance and modernization work on the USS Alexandria (SSN-757), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will plan and perform a Selected Restricted Availability, which consists of repairs, maintenance work, alterations, modernization and testing. The work will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and involve up to 240 employees at its peak. The work is scheduled for completion in July 2011.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $60 Million to Produce More Affordable Virginia-Class Submarines

GROTON, Conn. (February 11, 2011) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $60 million U.S. Navy contract modification that funds continued design efforts to make Virginia-class submarines more affordable. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Initially awarded in 2008, the overall contract known as Block III calls for the procurement of eight submarines through FY 13, and has a potential value of $14 billion. The last Block III ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will continue to develop and implement cost-reduction design changes, an effort called Design For Affordability (DFA). This work will enable the Virginia-class program to reduce acquisition costs by 20 percent in time for the FY 12 submarines.

The most significant design change implemented in Block III is the modification of the submarine's bow, replacing the sonar sphere with a large aperture bow array and the 12 vertical-launch missile tubes with two Virginia Payload Tubes, each carrying six missiles. This redesign will save more than $40 million per ship, beginning with the submarine North Dakota (SSN-784).

The DFA effort is supported by Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 3,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees are engaged in all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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